Are you a watchman or a watchwoman for God?
Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
A watchman, or a watchwoman is someone in the city or a community that would be designated by the city or community to warn the unrighteous, guard the righteous from the unrighteous, and their influence, or defend the righteous any means that were necessary. They would stand at the doors of the houses, stand at the doors of their work places, stand at the door of their synagogues, and stand at the doors of their communities, and countries.
A "watch person" for God is much like a shepherd watching over their sheep in the parables of God. A "shepherd" for God has to be His "sheep" in order to become His "shepherd" or "watch person".
1 Peter 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed. Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Many look at this scripture and automatically think Peter is talking about mature in age elderly people. Truly Peter is talking to young and elderly in age. Each age group in Christ can willingly be a witness, shepherd, watchperson for Him, and experience His sufferings, which was persecution.
A school age child can suffer persecution because they are being examples of Christ in word and deed just as much as some one older in age. They also are humble, and not hoarding their salvation over their peers, as the elderly in age are humble and do not hoard their position over those who are younger. Each speaking His truth through the words He gives and walking out His truth is a part of every person in Christ. Everyone He has appointed as His witness through Christ can be His shepherd, watchman or watchwoman if they are hold enough to be accountable.
All throughout the Bible God would appoint watchmen, shepherds for His cities or "flock." Each of us in Christ have been given a flock to watch over. The young and the old in age were included among his prophets, kings, and disciples. In the Old Testament God would appoint judges, kings, prophets, watchmen and watchwomen that were appointed by the king, or God to stand guard against the unrighteous.
They would watch from the gates, high towers, and walk among the people inside the gate and outside checking on their farms and vineyards. They would have meetings with the king and report any danger in the land or the city. The "watch person" would warn the unrighteous, protect the righteous, and if they had too, they would physically remove the unrighteous from the city, take them to court to face the judges, or kill them if it came to that to protect their righteous people in their cities. Many wars broke out, and divided kingdoms emerged. These wars are still going on today between the righteous, and the unrighteous in so many ways.
Through the History of the Old Testament, the kings, the prophets, judges, and the watchmen and watchwomen that did not do their jobs as God instructed, would quickly fall into the life of the unrighteous, and the unrighteous would take over their righteous cities, or bring back their prisoners to their land. The unrighteous Babylon King taking over Israel was God's punishment for His people because of their rebellious acts, idolatry, and their lack of only worshiping Him above all people and things. He had to punish the unrighteous to save the righteous, or the prophecy of Jesus and the Cross would not have been fulfilled.
Ezekiel was a prophet chosen by God to be a watchman, or shepherd for his flock, Israel, when they were captured by Babylonians, due to all the sins they committed, and they had to live in a country that was led by people that did not believe in their God. These are the words God spoke to Ezekiel, and it also is the words He speaks to us as His chosen children through His Son Jesus Christ, living in a fallen world, we are to remain righteous in Him, and still warn others through these same words He gives us, as God did through Jesus when our Father sent Him and fulfilled His first coming to save the world, Jews first then the Gentiles, and today He still is, in and through us.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, “You will surely die, and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.
If you have surrendered all to God through the Cross, and He has revealed to you through His Spirit a person you know that does wicked acts, a person that has other idols above Him, double-minded, or is lukewarm “spiritually”, and you do not warn them by speaking the words He gives you, their blood is on your hands, just as the blood of the wicked, idolatry, lukewarm person would have been on Ezekiel’s hands.
If you are a child of God, His witness, and can’t hear the words He gives you then your eyes are off Him, and on the people, or the circumstances. You have more sympathy for that person, or more fear of the circumstances above pleasing Him, and what He can give you, and that person. If you do hear His words He is speaking to you to give to that unrighteous person, and you ignore Him, He will hold you accountable for their blood, and it does not matter who they are, he will old you accountable, because He is trying to save them through you. These are His words not mine, and it is up to all of us to take heed to them as He takes hold of us.
Through Christ He has chosen all of us who are in Him to speak the words He gives us, that is dwelling in us through the Spirit of truth, if He is in us, His words will be there at the right time, and be spoken the right way, without fear, calmly, sternly, bubbling up, and pouring out of us with His authority. This does not mean we will be perfect all the time, but it also means we can be if we remain in the light as He is in the light.
He only knows what we are today, and what we will be tomorrow. His will is for to stay in the light as He is in the light, but if we do not we will repent, ask for forgiveness and begin where we left off. He will give us enough grace to overcome our mistakes, and let us know when we make them. He will change us daily as we walk in Him daily. The process and length of time it takes a person to be spiritually mature in Him is measured by your willingness to please Him through a devoted relationship, and not the worlds way, or man's way, but His way. He has already done all He needs to do for us, now it is up to us to receive all He has done, and put Him before us through His life giving Spirit.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin.
Sometimes our words may appear to hard, or too soft, but through Him it will always be as He intends it to be, because of the blessing His peace and grace we receive from Him no one can touch. The more of our natural flesh we give to Him the more He will come through. He will always prick our hearts when we are not rightly related to Him because we are His children He is molding and shaping to do His will on this earth. Beware, do not deceive yourself by letting your feelings or emotions lift you up, or bring you down, you will always grow tried and weary if you are living through your natural emotions.
1 John 1:2 My dear children, I write this to yo so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (Or He is the one who turns aside God's wrath, taking away our sins, and not only ours but also the whole world.)
He is much greater than our natural feelings and emotions. His words will not be sugar coated, nor will they taste like vinegar. They will be like salt is to food, igniting out the right flavors, and a beautiful aroma to God, that brings out all the right emotions of his temperament, to the right people at the right time. His truth will always bring Godly sorrow no matter how sincere a person is, and we will be grateful for Him breaking our hearts.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life, and who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.
Our Father exposed what was hidden in the world through His Son for His purpose, and through Him He will expose what is hidden in ourselves, and through us for others for His purpose. Jesus spoke to all the people, with the right temperament for each one, at the right time, and through Him we will too. If we are fixing our eyes on Jesus He will give us the right words and the right temperament every time, and we will never grow weary or lose heart, speaking, praying, and walking in and through His Spirit for our Father and His Son sake for their Kingdom building, not because we must, but because we are willing through His given Spirit to do His will.
Hebrews 12:2 We are fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so you will not grow weary and loose heart.
His He tugging on your heart to be His witness, shepherd, or "watchperson"? Is He calling you to warn the wicked, the people who have lost their first love for Him, the idolater, the lukewarm, the double-minded,and the people who do not walk and talk through His Spirit and word? If you have fully surrendered wholeheartedly to Christ, then He is calling you to be sent, has He was sent. What is your answer to His call? Who, or what is most important to you?
Will you be held accountable for the blood of others because you did not speak, or will you save yourself, and possibly someone else if you do? Through the fullness of Christ, we are all His witnesses, shepherds, watchmen, or watchwomen for our Father doing His will! Are you listening to Him, watching daily at his doors he has given you, speaking His words, and waiting at his doorways? If you are, then you are being blessed by Him within, and in many ways!